Memorial Day, for a father whose son was killed in Iraq – latimes.com

Three years ago this month, my son was killed while serving in Iraq. His death changed many things, among them my own hitherto casual attitude toward Memorial Day.

via Memorial Day, for a father whose son was killed in Iraq – latimes.com.

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day, which, per US Memorial Day.org, is defined as

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

You can’t thank them but you can thank their families, and remember their sacrifice.

Book Review: Paradise General; The Nightingale of Mosul – WSJ.com

When Americans think about wartime medicine, “MASH” reruns and the comic antics of Hot Lips Houlihan and Hawkeye Pierce are likely to come to mind. A decidedly more authentic view can be found in “Paradise General” and “The Nightingale of Mosul,” books by a real-life Army surgeon, Dr. Dave Hnida, and an Army nurse, Col. Susan Luz. Both authors served in Iraq during some of the bloodiest days of the war in 2006 and 2007.

via Book Review: Paradise General; The Nightingale of Mosul – WSJ.com.

So, my summer book list is set…

via He who Shall Not be Named…

In-N-Out Burger to open restaurants in Texas – Fast Food Maven : The Orange County Register

The rumors have been flying around cyberspace for months about the possibility of In-N-Out Burger expanding its empire to Texas.On Wednesday, I finally got confirmation that Southern California’s most beloved burger chain is seeking approval to open fast-food units in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

via In-N-Out Burger to open restaurants in Texas – Fast Food Maven : The Orange County Register.

Awesome…  Animal style in DFW.

edwinleap.com | Carol Rivers, MD

To those of you who haven’t heard, an icon of emergency medicine has passed away. Carol Rivers, MD, died last week following a cardiac procedure.

via edwinleap.com | Carol Rivers, MD.

The Giants of EM are aging.  It’s a very-new specialty, and those that made it deserve their veneration.

Nice: F1 coming to Austin in 2012-2022

I’ll hold my breath for this to last 10 years.  I hope so, but…it’s a business deal with F1.  Ask Indy how that works out.

Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Administration Limited together, the F1 Commercial Rights Holder and Full Throttle Productions, LP, promoter of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, announce that a historic agreement has been reached for Austin, Texas to serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ for years 2012 through 2021.

“We are extremely honoured and proud to reach an agreement with the F1 Commercial Rights Holder. We have been diligently working together for several years to bring this great event to Austin, the State of Texas and back to the United States. All parties involved have a great amount of trust and confidence in each other and are committed to establishing the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in Austin, Texas as a prestigious global event,” stated Tavo Hellmund, Managing Partner of Full Throttle Productions, LP.

via Formula 1™ – The Official F1™ Website.

That’s cool!  An F1 race within easy driving distance.

Then the BS begins to flow toward the end (it’s BS anyone making a pitch this scale has to make but…)

- over 250,000 hotel rooms within 180 miles;
– desirable year-round climate, with an average annual temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius);

Heh.  San Antonio has a lot of rooms, and they’re withing a typical F1 driving range, so…okay.

And, yeah, Austin’s year round average temp is 68, but in the F1 season it’s going to be summer in Central Texas.  Ick.

All that said, I’m going to go, and look forward to F1 being back in the US.

GruntDoc.com: content provider to many blogs…

And these are just the ones that link back to me:

I obscured the names of the other blogs, as I don’t want to incriminate them for being so silly as to re-run my posts.

(I am aware of the irony that I’m doing little original writing right now, doing a lot more linking with minor, banal commentary, and that’s when more people grab my posts.)

GruntDoc.com: content provider to more blogs than I thought!

BBC News – MMR doctor struck from register

The doctor who first suggested a link between MMR vaccinations and autism is to be struck off the medical register.

via BBC News – MMR doctor struck from register.

I think that means he’ll lose his license to practice in England.

Also, if you think this is just some blather, see the graph at the bottom of the article to see skyrocketing Measles rates due directly to the scaremongering done by this doctor.

Via Respectful Insolence.

Health Care Law – Rasmussen Reports™

Support for repeal of the new national health care plan has jumped to its highest level ever. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now favor repeal of the plan passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in March.

Prior to today, weekly polling had shown support for repeal ranging from 54% to 58%.

Currently, just 32% oppose repeal.

via Health Care Law – Rasmussen Reports™.

I think a lot of this could have been avoided, mostly by allowing the bill to be read, understood and tweaked, prior to voting.

We’ll see.

M.D.O.D.: Save Yourselves and Prosper

When our colleagues want to criticize our approach to medicine in the wild, wild west, they call us “cowboys”. So be it. And guess what? You too can take to the road with your skills and wits only and be paid what you are worth.

via M.D.O.D.: Save Yourselves and Prosper.

An interesting argument for doing Locums as an EM doc.  For a single doc, or an empty-nester, this would have some advantages, but the ‘seend to be settled’ part of life would be very disrupted by this.

Seems the MDOD docs are blogging really well these last few weeks, kudos.

Banana Mine

As seen in the doc’s room the other day…

No, I don’t know if it’s dyslexia or just someone unaccustomed to writing in bananas with their fingernail….or both.

Matador gets Spain and suffering – NYPOST.com

Mess with the bull, you get the horn!

via Matador gets Spain and suffering – NYPOST.com.

A picture is worth a thousand words.  And some OMF surgery.

OMF?  OMG!

Grand Rounds: Edition 6.34 – Better Health

Grand Rounds: Edition 6.34 – Better Health.

It’s up, it’s great, I’m late.

EXCLUSIVE: Swift’s IndyCar plan – Racer.com

EXCLUSIVE: Swift’s IndyCar plan – Racer.com.

My brother (the Aerospace Genius) is quoted, and I genuinely like the designs Swift has put forward (oh, and I’m biased, in case you didn’t pick that up).

Nice article if you’re following the IRL ‘what’s the next chassis’ debate.

K2 has made it to Fort Worth

K2, the ‘legal marijuana’, has made it here.

I know that because my first patient with an adverse reaction to it came to see me in the ED.

Introductions are made, etc…

Me: Have you tried this before?

Pt: oh, yeah

Me: (wondering why a bad reaction now to something without a reaction before): anything different this time?

Pt: well, this was strawberry flavored, and it’s the first time I’ve tried that one.

Me: Aah.  Stay away from the strawberry, then…

Yes, preventive medicine in the ED.  It’s gratifying.